BFC Responds to Restaurant Fire & Tractor Trailer Fire Over the Weekend
By Watchdesk
July 27, 2020

BERWYN, PA – This past weekend the volunteers and career staff of the Berwyn Fire Company handled several fire/EMS responses and attained training certification.

Along with 9-1-1 calls being answered, 3 new EMS volunteers completed CPR/AED training that was conducted by our EMS Captain who is a certified instructor. The Delaware State Fire School also assisted 3 of our firefighters, including our Fire Chief and one of our Battalion Chiefs, with incident command recertification under the Blue Card Program.

First responders didn’t get much sleep late Saturday night into early Sunday morning with 5 calls dispatched in less than 8 hours that included a commercial building fire and tractor trailer fire.

Just after 10 p.m. on Saturday night, Berwyn was requested for an Engine to assist the Paoli Fire Company in the unit block of Chestnut Rd. in the Paoli section of Tredyffrin Township for a restaurant fire. The 5-person crew of Berwyn Engine 2-2 responded in less than 2 minutes and was supplemented by additional volunteers via direct response to the scene. Upon arrival, the Engine crew laid several hundred feet of hose from a nearby fire hydrant and then performed fire suppression and ventilation of smoke from the building. Berwyn personnel were released from the scene by 11:30 p.m.

As Sunday started, an outside fire investigation around 2 a.m. on Waterloo Avenue in Easttown Township was handled and EMS responded before 3 a.m. to a medical emergency at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Chesterbrook. For the 2nd time this month, firefighters were sent to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Valley Forge Service Plaza in the 1400 block of Valley Forge Rd. in Tredyffrin Township for a tractor trailer fire in the 5 a.m. hour. The crew of Berwyn Engine 2-1 from the substation arrived first on scene to find the back of the trailer on fire. Additional personnel from Engine 2-2 arrived and worked with Engine 2-1’s crew to extinguish the fire. The scene was cleared within 90 minutes and no injuries were reported.

Besides a mutual aid request to assist the Phoenixville Fire Department on Saturday afternoon, 11 calls were responded to in the T-E community over the weekend.

Incident Response Log: July 25th – July 26th

7:36 a.m. – 300 block of Devonshire Rd., Tredyffrin Twp. – Basic Life Support EMS
9:20 a.m. – 1400 block of Sugartown Rd., Easttown Twp. – Basic Life Support EMS
1:09 p.m. – Unit block of Manavon St., Phoenixville Borough – House Fire
10:06 p.m. – Unit block of Chestnut Rd., Tredyffrin Twp. – Commercial Building Fire
1:47 a.m. – 200 block of Waterloo Rd., Easttown Twp. – Outside Fire Investigation
2:43 a.m. – 800 block of Chesterbrook Blvd., Tredyffrin Twp. – Basic Life Support EMS
5:11 a.m. – 1400 block of Valley Forge Rd., Tredyffrin Twp. – Tractor Trailer Fire
5:56 a.m. – 300 block of Red Coat Ln., Tredyffrin Twp. – Advanced Life Support EMS
9:29 a.m. – 400 block of Old Forge Crossing, Tredyffrin Twp. – Basic Life Support EMS
12:39 p.m. – Rt. 202 North Mile Marker 22.9, Tredyffrin Twp. – Motor Vehicle Collision
1:51 p.m. – 500 block of Hickory Ln., Tredyffrin Twp. – Trees & Wires Fire
7:31 p.m. – 100 block of Drummers Ln., Tredyffrin Twp. – Basic Life Support EMS

Note: Images from the tractor trailer fire that occurred at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Valley Forge Service Plaza were authorized for posting by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Traffic Incident Management Coordinator.